Abigail Steinkamp

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: Reenvisioned to Mitigate Stigmaand Enhance Treatment Effectiveness

Abigail Steinkamp holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern Maine and an MSW from the University of New England, and is a member of the Phi Alpha honors society. They are currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky who has chosen to focus their research on mitigating stigma among clinicians treating borderline personality disorder (BPD). Abigail has proposed a working model which integrates relational social work practice with a measurable assessment to properly and accurately assess and diagnose BPD in hopes of reducing stigma and providing a more effective treatment modality. Other areas of research interest include treatment of PTSD and other trauma related disorders, LGBTQ+ advocacy and mental health treatment, and addiction. Abigail currently works as a therapist in the intensive outpatient setting and treats clients with co-occurring disorders through individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and EMDR. Abigail uses a combination of CBT, DBT, MI, MBT, and Unified Protocol to treat clients diagnosed with a myriad of mental health conditions, substance abuse disorders, and a combination of both. They seeks to develop individualized treatment plans for each of their clients and integrates a personalized approach to develop strong rapport and trusting relationships with each of her clients. Abigail has been commended for their effectiveness as a therapist, active team member, and their ability to respond quickly and effectively in crisis situations.